Portuguese artist Andre Vincente Goncalves has a thing for windows: blinds, shutters, fenestrations, and frames. By isolating such a specific design feature, the subtle differences in architecture and cultural aesthetic across multiple locales become quite apparent: vibrate tiling is prominent in Lisbon, for example, and yellow accents in Evora. Basically it’s a transcultural look at the world by way of its windows.
“When I’m photographing, I give a lot of importance to the small details,” Goncalves told The Washington Post. “Everything about them fascinates me, the patterns, colors. … I find it amusing that a small piece of glass between the interior and exterior of a house gives us the feeling of security. Some are very flashy and opulent and others very humble.”
Goncalves has plans to document Barcelona next, and then London, and all the while fans can follow his progress on Instagram. But in the meantime, read on for windows from Italy, Austria, Portugal, and beyond.